Postharvest Losses and Management Assessment of Commercial Fruit and Vegetable at Wolaitazone, at Sodo Market

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Year:
2018
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Postharvest, Losses, Management, Fruit and Vegetable
Authors:
TEMESGEN BATENO; Taye Buke
Journal:
IJRIES
Volume:
5
Number:
3
Pages:
99-105
Month:
May
ISSN:
2394-1375
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Abstract:
The study was carried out to assess the post-harvest practices and loses of commercial fruits and vegetables among retailers in Sodo market of Wolaita Zone. Simple random sampling technique was used to select thirty (30) respondents for the study. Descriptive statistics was used to describe the parameters. Result of the findings showed that 40% of the traders were between 18-30years of age. 38.1% of the respondents were illiterate and almost. 60%of the respondents had two form of education. From the major vegetables and fruits more than 60% of onion and tomato crops were dominated in the market. The retailers were stored their crops 50% of in sacks and 50% in both baskets and wooden box. The major constraints of post harvest deterioration in Sodo market were transportation from long distance to market place (18% lettuce and 14.8% tomato were damaged), traditional storage material (22% banana and 21% tomato were physically damaged), high temperature (high light intensity) in the market (34.4% lettuce and 33.6% mango were damaged) and perception and attitude of retailers to post harvest loss of crops. 50% of the retailers have knowledge on post harvest loss of fruits and vegetables, 30% retailers has knowledge on post harvest loss, 100% of the retailers were interested in selling loss free commodities properly. Post-harvest practices and losses of fruits and vegetables are considered to be a major problem in the surveyed area. Agricultural extension agents should organize training on post-harvest practices and loss in order to increase their perception towards post harvest loss and to minimize fruits and vegetables wastages in the study area

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